The top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks opened their first-round series against the Orlando Magic on a bad foot, but since Game 1, they’ve been a dominant force. The Bucks have easily defeated the Magic three times in a row and will look to wrap up the series Wednesday afternoon.
Game 5 tips off at 4:00 PM ET, so let’s take a closer look at all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Orlando versus Milwaukee showdown along with our best betting pick.
The Bucks are coming in full strength, while the Magic are without Aaron Gordon (hamstring), Jonathan Isaac (knee), and Michael Carter-Williams (foot).
As it was expected, the Bucks opened as massive favorites once again. They are 13.5-point favorites on BetAmerica, while the Magic are +750 moneyline dogs on the same platform. The totals are set at 226.5 points on Sugarhouse.
What’s at Stake?
The Bucks want to finish the job in five games and avoid any further complications. They don’t need another first-round contest while the fourth-seeded Miami Heat are already waiting in the semis.
Of course, the Magic are in a win-or-go-home situation.
After a couple of tough losses, the Magic battled bravely in Game 4 that was tied at 81-81 with 25 seconds to go in the third quarter. However, the Bucks put on a strong performance in the fourth quarter and will look to continue in the same fashion Wednesday.
The Bucks had the best defensive rating in the league last regular season, allowing just 102.9 points per 100 possessions. After a tough 122-110 loss to the Magic in the opener, the Bucks have shown us why they are considered as one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
Milwaukee surrendered only 96 points in Game 2, while the Magic scored 107 points in Game 3. Orlando shot 41.4% from the field in Game 4 and had 26 assists, but the Magic also committed 16 turnovers.
The Bucks will continue to torture the Magic on the defensive end, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to deliver offensively. The reigning MVP accounted for 31 points on 14-for-21 shooting in Game 4 to go with 15 rebounds and eight assists.
Khris Middleton played well Monday night and finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards, while Brook Lopez had 10 points and three blocks.
Nikola Vucevic is leading the way for the Magic, but his teammates are letting him down. Vooch has had three 30-plus points displays in this series, while the rest of this Magic team is far away from a high level.
I have no doubts the Bucks will finish the job in this one and set up the semifinal clash with the Heat. Their defense is just too good for the Magic, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is ruthless on the offensive end.
Therefore, I’m backing the Bucks to cover, but buying a few points won’t hurt anybody. Take the Bucks as 11-point favorites at -170 odds if you are satisfied with slightly lower wages.
Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in its last six meetings with Orlando.
Three of the previous four games in this series went in the over, but neither was a proper high-scoring affair. The Magic are limited offensively, but the Bucks love to play at a fast pace, so I would stay away from the totals and stick with the spread.